Knitted Pebble Wash/Dishcloth

by Daisy

I am loving this as a spa washcloth for the massaging quality of the “pebbles.”  Mmm.

On a less indulgent note, the pebbles are also good for scrubbing dishes. *sigh*

Pebble Cloth

Yarn: Dishcloth cotton, e.g., Sugar ‘n Cream from Lily

Needles: Size 6 or your favorite for dishcloths

Cast on 36 sts.

Knit all for 3 rows.

Row 1: (RS) K all.

Row 2: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 3: K4, *K2tog, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 4: K4, *K1 in horizontal bar before next st, k1, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.

Repeat these 4 rows until square or until you have your desired size cloth.

K all 3 rows.

Bind off.

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KeLLy Ann March 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

That is a very lovely piece. I really like that pattern, always have. Knitting, and crocheting {more than granny squares} is on my summer to do list.

Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! March 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

That’s so beautiful and couldn’t bring myself to use it as a scrubby pad!

Tanya March 30, 2010 at 3:56 am

great pattern. good gift idea too in a spa pack.

CrunchyBread April 7, 2010 at 9:09 am

This is a beautiful cloth! It almost makes me want to try knitting again, but I know I’m a dyed-in-the-wool crocheter.

I hope it’s not out of line for me to say, but it reminds me very much of a cloth I crocheted with similar bumps, and yes, the nubbly quality is very luxurious and spa-like in the bath! All my friends are getting these for gifts this year.

Norma Wampler April 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

Please contact me regarding a pattern question.
Thank you!

Norma Wampler April 20, 2010 at 11:53 am


I realized a few minutes ago I should have been more direct with you the first time I sent a comment.
May I please add links to your patterns to my blog:
I am strict regarding copyright laws and only post links to patterns, not the patterns themselves.
Thank you for considering my request.


Tomato Lady April 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Norma–Hello, and thank you for your request. We would be very pleased for you to add links to our patterns, with our compliments!

Terri June 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

Am beginner knitter, so am unclear on part of the pattern. How does one k1 in the horizontal before the next stich.
The pattern looks really pretty and can hardly wait to try it.
Thank you for your help.

Tomato Lady June 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

Hi Terri–I’ll do my best here and hope it helps–When it’s time to knit the horizontal stitch, gently pull the your left and right hand needles apart. Do you see a horizontal bit of yarn form/appear as you hold the yarn taut? That’s what you’re looking for. Now, just pick it up with your left hand needle and knit as usual with your right hand needle. I hope I haven’t confused you. If it still isn’t clear, holler back and I’ll try to take a picture.

TrueJoyKnit February 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

My pebbles aren’t coming out quite as, well, “pebble-y”. They’re just like a row of raised stitches. What could I be doing wrong?
I had never heard of the horizontal bar stitch, but I think you explained it very well, and it seems it can’t be an simpler. I think I did it correctly….
Any ideas of what I could be doing wrong?

TrueJoyKnit February 27, 2011 at 8:24 am

Also, when you pick up the horizontal bar, do you insert the needle from the back or from the front of the h.b.? 🙂

Tomato Lady February 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

TrueJoyKnit–You may be doing it right, it is less distinct than a bobble, more like a nub. I insert the needle from the front. Could it be a tension or a yarn issue?

TrueJoyKnit February 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Ah – okay. I was picking it up from behind, I think. I used Bernat Handicraft Cotton Ultrasoft, size 6 US needles. I’ll have to try making another one, this time inserting from the front. Thanks for your help and very prompt reply!

Judy Marzullo August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm


I would like to try the Knitted Pebble Wash Dishcloth, just not sure what you mean by Row 4: Knit 1 in horizontal bar before next stitch, Knit 1??? Please explain to me how to do the entire Row 4.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!


Tomato Lady August 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Hi Judy–Let’s take row 4 from the top:
K4: Your four border stitches.
*K1 in horizontal bar before next stitch: This is an increase, sometimes called a m1, or make one. After you finish the fourth border stitch (see above), look at the space between the last stitch on your right needle and the next stitch on your left needle. Gently pull (holding your stitches firmly on the needles, of course), looking at the space that forms between the stitches. You will notice a bit of horizontal yarn between the stitches. This is the “horizontal bar.” With the yarn in back, dip your left needle under this strand from front to back to pick it up then knit a stitch into it with your right needle.
K1: Knit the next stitch on the left needle, as usual.
K from * to last 4 sts: Keep repeating the instructions “K1 in horizontal bar before next stitch, K1” until only 4 stitches remain on the left needle.
K4: Knit your last four border stitches.
I hope I haven’t confused you even more, Judy. If you still need help, please let me know.

Mary September 10, 2011 at 7:04 am

Why do you have K3 for Row 2 for border instead if K4 as in rows 3 & 4? It seems it would be easier to have all all border stitches as K4.


Tomato Lady September 10, 2011 at 8:15 am

Mary–The extra K1 is part of the pattern stitch. I just added it to the border stitch. Otherwise it would appear as: Row 3: K3, K1, *K2tog, rep from * to last 4 st, K1, K3. That would also be a perfectly fine way to work it if you prefer. It’s a case of 6 of one, half a dozen of the other.

Ann October 18, 2011 at 6:43 am

I have been slowly making my way through some of your dishcloth patterns and so far this one is my favorite! It knits up quickly, is easy to remember, and looks great. Thank you for sharing!

Chrissie October 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Can this pattern be made larger? It looks so pretty, I cannot wait to try it.

Tomato Lady October 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Chrissie–Do you mean can the washcloth be made bigger, or are you referring to the written instructions? Yes to both, if the former, simply add one more repeat of the pattern stitch. If you want to make the instructions bigger, you can cut and paste it to a document (like Word) and enlarge the type size. Let me know if I’ve just confused you.

Laura December 19, 2011 at 11:19 am

I jotted down the pattern, went home and knitted up in one evening. Made one small error by omitting that I should repeat rows 1-4 and ended up repeating rows 3-4. Turned out a bit more gappy and in a diamond shape. I figure that’s okay, still will scrub well and good lesson learned. Thankfully there is enough yarn left over to make another…perhaps I’ll follow the directions this time.

May December 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I attempted at making your pattern and my bumps look good, but when you are knitting row 4 into the horizontal bar in order to keep 36 stitches you knit after this row you end the row (before the last four stitches) in a knit stitch don’t you? Not a bar stitch…so then I ended up with an extra knit stitch on that one side making the boarder larger on that side since you end up knitting the last 5 stitches? Am I incorrect? I am a little confused.

Daisy January 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Hi, May. Did you check out the comment above to Judy? In that reply I took her step by step through row 4. If that doesn’t answer your question, check back and we’ll try to see what is going wrong. I have trouble picturing what you’re describing without knitting to that point myself (I’m not very bright that way) and I would have to do that to see exactly what you are referring to.

Kathy D. Smith April 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I also did not end up with 4 stitches to knit on row 4. I either have 5 or knit 2 together and have 3. Also my pattern does not look like the one pictured. I end up with more open holes whereas yours looks more solid with no openings.

Linda November 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm

are you actually just doing a m1 stitch when you are knitting into the bar?

Daisy November 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm


Carrie February 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I also did not end up with 4 stitches to knit on row 4, like Kathy. I have 5. Is this an error? Thanks for your help!

Daisy February 19, 2014 at 2:12 am

Carrie–Got the needles out and knit this again. It comes out 36 stitches. I don’t know where you lost one, maybe missed one of the horizontal bars somewhere?

Teresa March 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm

My dishcloth is way skewed in a diamond shape. =( What am I doing wrong ?

Daisy March 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

Hm. I haven’t had that happen. I don’t know, not something that can be solved by blocking?

Meredith January 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

My dishcloth came out very mishapen almost like the rows run downhill. Not sure why, I have the correct number of stitches throughout and my pebbles are nice and bumpy. I love the pattern and am going to give it another try just wish I knew what I was doing wrong.

Daisy January 22, 2015 at 11:43 am

Meredith–Hm, hard to say without being there. Don’t suppose blocking would do the trick . . .

Meredith January 23, 2015 at 10:58 am

Thanks for the blocking suggestion. Pre-blocking 3 corners looked pretty square but the one on the other end of the the binding on tail is almost rounded. The rows all run downhill toward that rounded corner. After blocking it straightened up pretty well but you can see it’s because part of it is stretched and part is smushed. After it comes out of the dryer the first time will it revert right back to its original mis-shapen self? I can’t imagine blocking a dishcloth every time just so it looks nice in the drawer. 🙂
Rather than giving up, I decided to start another one and I can see it’s doing the same thing. It’s the fifth one of seven different texture patterns I’m making for my sister and the only one that didn’t knit up square right off the needles. So perplexed, I love this pattern!

Daisy January 24, 2015 at 11:09 am

Meredith–Wish I knew what was happening. New parallelogram-shaped dishcloth? All the rage???

Meredith January 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Yeah, me too, Daisy. We have a knitting club in town. I’m not a member but I know some. I think I’ll bring in exhibit A and see if they can figure out what I’m doing wrong.
In my defense, I have to say I’ve been looking at a lot of patterns lately and looking closely I see others that have one weird kind of rounded corner. I’m going to compare them and see if the border stitches are all done the same. Also thinking I’ll try making this one without a border and see what happens.
If I come up with something, I’ll let you know.

Nice cloths June 27, 2015 at 10:41 pm

Why do you put all the comments people put on here about the clothe ! It just uses up people’s printer ink. All I want is the pattern . This has happen ended so many times .

Daisy June 28, 2015 at 5:52 am

NC–Just copy and paste the portion of the pattern you wish to have to a word processing document and use that to print. Then you only have what you want and can format it to your specifications.

Tonya November 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

I want to make a larger dish cloth. What is the horizontal row repeat. I’m trying to figure out how many additional stitches to cast on.

Rhonda November 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

This cloth turned out very nice. I just made a minor change to use K 3 for the garter stitch border on rows 3 & 4. Knitted up in off white to use as a spa cloth paired with some scented soap makes a great gift. Thank you the pattern!

Jess June 13, 2016 at 6:47 am

Here is how I solved the diamond or parallelogram problem. Every other time I repeated Row 4, I inverted the instructions so that the first time the increase was before the stitch, and the next time the increase was after the stitch. Of course, I may be doing something else wrong in the first place, but the end result turned out lovely and square. I pasted the modified pattern below. I hope this helps some of you.

Cast on 36 sts.

Knit all for 3 rows.

Row 1: (RS) K all.

Row 2: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 3: K4, *K2tog, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 4: K4, *K1 in horizontal bar before next st, k1, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 5: (RS) K all.

Row 6: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 7: K4, *K2tog, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 8: K4, *K1, k1 in horizontal bar before next st, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.

Repeat these 8 rows until square or until you have your desired size cloth.

K all 3 rows.

Bind off.

Meredith June 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Thanks so much Jess. I’ve been gardening not knitting lately but yours is the first pattern I’m going to try when I pick up my needles again!

Sheri Ramsey October 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

How do you mean at the beginning “knit all 3 rows, then it says knit row 1 (RS). Need some help with this. Thanks.

Jess November 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm

So you start by knitting four rows. The first three are “border” so they are not repeated in the pattern for the body of the dishcloth. Then you start a pattern of repeating 4 rows, the first of which is always a knit row.

I hope that helps!

Lara January 12, 2017 at 10:42 am

Thank you for this pattern. Been looking everywhere for it!

Deb Hicks May 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm

In response to enlarging this pattern,keeping in mind that first 3 stitches and last 3 stitches are border; this is a knitted pebble pattern that can be done with any multiple of 4 stitches. I used it for a small grocery bag. Love it

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